Preparing Your Home to Combat Covid-19
Covid-19 is a relatively new virus, as of the time of this post, there is no vaccine and we still have to learn a lot about it.
What is currently known about the novel coronavirus is that it’s spread most commonly through respiratory droplets when people cough or sneeze. However, there is also a chance to get coronavirus from contaminated surfaces such as clothes, doorhandles, furniture, and utensils.
In order to prepare yourself and the household for coronavirus, there are certain steps you can take. Check out the cleaning and disinfection tips for households to keep your home environment safe and healthy.
Practice Good Hygiene During COVID-19
If you simply don’t wash your hands and touch your face, lips, or eyes, you have a good chance to get infected and then come home to spread the virus all over the surfaces, and infect your dearest people. This is something each of us would like to prevent at all costs.
If you follow simple hygiene rules, you can protect your house and your family from the Covid-19 outbreak. So before purchasing all the possible cleaning products for your home, make sure that you haven’t forgotten about the importance of personal hygiene.
Here are some everyday preventative measures:
- Maintain at least 10 feet distance from all people outside of your household.
- Wear a face-mask, in public places.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue and make sure to trash the used tissue immediately.
- Monitor your temperature levels daily to detect early signals of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with antibacterial soap at least twenty seconds.
Note: Make sure to educate everyone in your family about Covid prevention and hygiene rules.
Cleaning Tips to Help Keep COVID-19 out of Your Home
Clean & Disinfect Your Home Regularly
We don’t always have time for proper cleaning but during these weird times, it’s vital to make cleaning a daily responsibility in your family. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas on a daily basis.
When you can’t find time to keep your regular cleaning schedule, it’s a good idea to hire professional cleaners that can handle all the cleaning and disinfecting jobs for you.
Clean and Disinfect All the High-Touch Surfaces
Some areas are at a higher risk of contamination, therefore should be cleaned more often. Here is a list of often-touched areas that should be thoroughly disinfected:
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Tables and desks
- Hard-backed chairs
- Faucets, and sinks
- Phones, tablets, touch screens
- Remote controls
Note: If there is a sick person in the house, consider reducing the cleaning frequency of their room in order to avoid contact with the sick person.
Select the Right Cleaning Products
There are lots of ways to kill hazardous viruses and bacteria on the surfaces. This includes bleach, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide, all of these products are effective against SARS-CoV-2 responsible for COVID-19.
However, it’s better to check out the list of EPA-approved disinfectants for use against the virus.
If you or somebody in your family suffers from asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions, talk to your health provider and try to select environmentally friendly and biocide-free disinfectant cleaning products. These products are not less effective than chemical-based products.
Learn Some Tips for Disinfecting Safely
In order to prevent damage to the surface and health issues that may occur as a result of improper use of cleaning supplies, here are some useful tips for you:
- Always follow the instructions on the label and don’t mix several products.
- Wear gloves and eye protection such as goggles when disinfecting on your own.
- If you are asthmatic, use products such as wipes and dampened towels. This way you will reduce your inhalation exposure.
- Don’t rely on natural chemicals such as vinegar and tea tree oil. They are not effective when it comes to fighting SARS-CoV-2.
- If you or a family member has a severe respiratory condition, consider hiring a professional cleaning company.
- When cleaning and disinfecting electronics, be especially careful, and dry surfaces thoroughly. Also, we recommend using wipeable covers for electronics.
Consider Hiring COVID-19 Professional Disinfection Services for Home
If you want to create a more sanitary living environment but have neither the free time nor necessary equipment and disinfection products, hiring a trusted cleaning company is a good solution.
You can schedule regular cleaning and disinfection of your house and save some time for yourself. Also, a professional cleaning company has all the necessary tools and products to meet the unique needs of your house. So, you won’t have to buy anything on your own.
At VepoClean, we offer Steam Vapor disinfection, which is a water-based and chemical-free disinfecting method. It is very effective against viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and absolutely not harmful for your family and pets. You can also request some additional cleaning procedures to remove all the dirt, germs, and get rid of unpleasant odors.
Prepare for Covid Emergency
It’s good to be ready for the worst-case scenario. Try to plan ahead in case you or somebody in your family gets sick.
Learn How to Self-Isolate
A sick person should be isolated in a separate room with a separate bathroom if it’s possible. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the infected person should not enter the kitchen and each meal should be left outside their door. Don’t share any personal items, follow the rules of personal hygiene, and of course, disinfect all the surfaces regularly.
Create an Emergency Contact List
In case you fall ill, it’s good to have a contact list, including family, friends, health providers, teachers, and employers. It will help notify everyone fast and your friends and family will bring you all the necessary supplies, so you don’t have to go anywhere by yourself.
Check the Sick Leave Policy
Contact your employer to learn more about emergency plans, sick leave policy, and whom you should contact in case you get sick.
Plan Who Can Take Care of Your Child
If you have a child, it’s important to make childcare arrangements. Somebody should take care of your child, in case you or both you and your spouse get sick. Your relatives could temporarily take care of your kids. However, if there is no family member who could help you out, make sure to save contacts of child care centers that could assist you in case of an emergency.
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